The second half of a special hour-long episode of "I'm ready for my close-up" - Alex Fitch looks at the history of the science-fiction character Professor Bernice Summerfield.
Press release: "Alex Fitch investigates the best science fiction heroine most people have never heard (of) - Professor Bernice Summerfield, Benny to her friends.
Starting off as a Doctor Who companion in the novels published by Virgin books after the original TV series was cancelled in 1989, Benny has since appeared in over a hundred books, over 60 without the Doctor and 40 full cast 'radio' plays released on CD in specialist shops.
In the second half of the progrmme, Alex talks to the actress who plays Benny - Lisa Bowerman - the actor who plays her fictional husband - Stephen Fewell. Outgoing producer of the series, Simon Guerrier interviews actress Sophie Aldred who appeared alongside Lisa in a few of the dramas and Gareth Roberts (Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code) who has written Benny adventures. Finally, Sci-Fi critic and writer Graham Sleight interviews the character's creator Paul Cornell plus a preview of Benny's next adventure - 'The Wake'...